Clinical Psychologist

Department Of Veterans Affairs Wilmington , NC 28412

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Fayetteville is a rapidly growing community with an excellent school system and is located in Southeastern NC along the I-95 corridor. Fayetteville is about 1.5 hours from superb Atlantic Coast Beaches, 3-4 hours from scenic mountains and skiing resorts, and about one hour from the capitol city of Raleigh. Fayetteville Regional Airport along with I-95 offers many destination choices for travelers. There are numerous parks, lakes, cultural activities and festivals, award-winning golf courses, first-rate restaurants, and multiple entertainment venues including sporting events, concerts, theaters and museums including the multi-million dollar Airborne & Special Operations Museum honoring our military neighbors at Fort Bragg.



  • May be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) based on the availability of funds.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status

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There are different Psychologist positions being filled under this announcement to include Specialty Mental Health as well Primary Care Mental Health Intergrated. Assigned as a Psychologist at one of the CBOCs, the incumbent serves as a fully qualified psychologist, performing the following functions which includes: Psychological Consultation, providing psychological expertise and services to patient and inter-disciplinary treatment teams as required.

  • Psychological Assessment, conducting evaluations of a patient's psychological functioning based upon available data, clinical interview, psychological tests and instruments, and other structured techniques.

  • Psycho education, providing educational and informational interventions to patients, families, care givers and treatment staff in areas of psychological functioning appropriate to needs of those being educated.

  • Individual Psychotherapy, providing individual psychotherapy to patients, families, care givers, and treatment staff as appropriate utilizing accepted forms of psychological interventions appropriate to the needs of the individual being served.

  • Group Psychotherapy, providing group psychotherapy to patients, families, care giver and treatment staff as appropriate utilizing accepted forms of psychological interventions appropriate to the needs of those being serviced.

  • Performs a variety of clinical administrative functions to include but not limited to evaluating clinical records; identifying and documenting risk management issues, and taking appropriate action.

  • Establishes and monitors outcome measures; assists in the development of clinical business plans; assists in preparation of regulatory reviews; maintains program statistics; and prepares and delivers briefings to the facility.

  • Provides training and supervision to graduate-level psychology students, predoctoral interns, and/or trainees from associated health professions.

  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: evidence-based treatments for PTSD and other mental disorders.

Specialty Mental Health or Primary Care Mental Health Integration Service

Incumbent may be required to complete one-year probationary period.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with rotating tours of duty as needed.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Position Description/Functional Statement: Functional Statement for Staff Psychologist GS-0180

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

Who May Apply This job is open to US Citizens and Status Candidates

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Physical Requirements:
Light lifting, under 15 lbs.; Light carrying, under 15 lbs.; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, Standing; Both legs required; Hearing (aid permitted).

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.


Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • United States Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Education: (1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed

  • AND- (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.. Licensure: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. (1) Exception; Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

Preferred Experience: (1) Advanced Training in Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, or Behavioral Health at the internship and/or post-doctoral level or equivalent work experience. (2) Prior professional experience in Health Psychology, Experience in PTSD, or Behavioral Medicine is highly desirable.

Grade Determinations:

At the GS 12 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.

  • Conducts psychological assessments utilizing objective measures and prepares testing reports

  • Performs evaluations for all classes of veterans seeking mental health treatment.

  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: evidence-based treatments for PTSD and other mental disorders.

  • Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate.

If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.

At the GS 13 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment for Staff Psychologists: At least 2 years of experience in PTSD research and/or treatment.

  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.

  • Performs diagnostic evaluations for Veterans with a full range of mental disorders.

  • Conducts psychological testing and assessments utilizing objective measures, clinical interviews, records reviews, and consultation with other treating providers as needed; and prepares testing reports.Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions, including evidence-based treatments for PTSD and other mental disorders.

  • Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate.

  • Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.

  • Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 to GS-13.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Clinical Psychologist

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