This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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. 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. Education. 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. 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. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). 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: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, 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 Internship. 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. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.) 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. 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. 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 under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 [(c)(2)(B)] 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. Grade Determinations: GS-11. Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12. Experience: At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 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. GS-13. Experience: At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. Preferred Experience: Completion of APA-Accredited one year internship in neuropsychology, as well as two year post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology. References: VHA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18 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: Use of fingers, both hands required, see computer screen, heating (aid may be permitted), and prolonged sitting. Environmental factors include working outside and inside, working closely with others, and working alone. ["Serves as Staff Neuropsychologist, holding neuropsychological assessment specialty privileges which allow them to conduct in-depth neuropsychological assessments. Conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, integrating historical information, behavioral presentation, and complex test findings in the assessment of various neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric conditions for the purpose of documenting higher cerebral or integrative brain functions and using this information to aid referring providers in differential diagnosis, patient management, treatment recommendations, and rehabilitation. Clinical Responsibilities Independently provides specialized neuropsychological services at all levels of complexity for patients. Provides diagnosis/evaluation of patients presenting with a variety of neurological, psychiatric, and medical complaints. Carries out the full range of neuropsychological evaluation, assessment, and diagnosis using accepted procedures and test instruments. Modalities may include tele-mental health. Carries out the full range of neurocognitive rehabilitation services, including individual, group, family, and community outreach to patients in the outpatient setting, with particular emphasis on, but not limited to, patients with suspected or known TBI, many co-occurring psychiatric, substance use, pain, and sleep disorders. May include telemental health. Provides expert professional opinions and advice on the unique needs of neurobehavioral patients within the healthcare setting, including such topics as how patients may be expected to respond to treatment, why a patient is responding in a certain way or is non-adherent, and insight into the patient's psychological and neuropsychological conditions. Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address the neurorehabilitation needs of patients. Responds to referrals from various internal sources, including but not limited to Neurology, Primary Care, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health, and Surgery. Responds also to referrals from external sources when called upon to do so. Provides results and feedback to the referral sources of the patients seen. Complies with all medical record documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper check-out procedures (e.g. entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Supports other treatment programs within the Behavioral Health Service with a full range of psychological services. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees to assist in neuropsychological case formulation and appropriate treatment expectations regarding the Veterans they serve. Responds to patients requests for release of records; returns telephone calls in a timely fashion. With permission from patients, consults with patients' significant others/ support systems to aid in the facilitation of patients' treatment. Performs other duties as assigned. Academic/Teaching/Training Attends annual training programs sponsored by the VISN, VAMC and other APA recognized training programs to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities in area of specialization. Serves as a faculty member and clinical supervisor for the facility's APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship program. Contributes to meetings and faculty training associated with the internship. Provides training and clinical supervision to trainees in other mental health disciplines, medical students, nursing students, and trainees of other disciplines, as assigned. May serve as a faculty member for regional psychiatry residency. As requested, provides training and consultation for psychiatry residents completing rotations in psychiatry. Seeks and maintains clinical appointment through residency-affiliated university. Administrative Duties May serve on medical center committees or task forces as related to diagnosis, assessment, and/or treatment within mental health programs. May represent the medical center at professional/program/community events and committees. May serve on service, medical center, regional, and/or national committees or task forces related to assigned program. Assists Behavioral Medicine Program Manager with other administrative duties, as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Available - AD HOC maybe approved. Must live or be willing to relocate to Spokane commuting area.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator Stacy Hermann at V20CompensationTeam@va.gov for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.