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Staff Psychologist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Seattle , WA 98113

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IMPORTANT: If you are not a current, permanent VA employee, you should apply under [CBFF-10287879-18-AJH], which is scheduled to open on September 4, 2018.

This position serves as a staff psychologist with specialty knowledge in Geropsychology and behavioral medicine/primary care for the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) in the Geriatrics & Extended Care Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System (PSHCS) - Seattle Division in Seattle, WA.

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This Staff Psychologist will be a member of the HBPC program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of older adult (65+years old) veterans with complex, chronic, and disabling medical conditions as well as palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services. At the GS-13 level, Psychologists are fully licensed and function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. At this grade additionally assume independent professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. HBPC Staff Psychologist duties include but not limited to:

  • Provide psychological assessment and diagnostic services for aging Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the HBPC setting

  • Demonstrate expertise in using contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions in older adults

  • Provide education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment

  • Provide evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist

  • Provide consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients

  • Develop, implement, and document the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients

  • Comply with all Service Line documentation requirements and adhere to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care

  • Assist the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical assessment and/or intervention programs

  • Provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology trainee (interns and/or postdoctoral fellows) assigned to the primary care work setting

  • Provide leadership guidance and consultation to unit staff in the area(s) assigned

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday; 08:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required

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Supervisory status


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HelpRequirements 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

  • 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.

  • Education: You must have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. OR have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program and (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

  • Internship: You must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR 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 Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern. OR VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement. OR Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. (SUPPORTING DOCUMENT REQUIRED)

  • Licensure: You must 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. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade 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. (COPY OF LICENSURE REQUIRED)

  • English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy.

Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA as a psychologist on the effective date of this qualification standard (February 7, 2018) are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education (i.e., degree and internship requirements) and licensure/certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements of employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

  • Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.

  • Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) Experience: At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies; 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures; 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties); 5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration.

  • Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance Level) Experience: At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations; 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health; 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.

References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18. Psychologist Qualifications Standard, GS-180

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-11 to GS-13.

Physical Requirements:
See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


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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Staff Psychologist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs