Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Psychologist in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

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This position is located in the Mental Health Service at the Jamaica Plain campus.The Staff Psychologist will provide care in an outpatient setting to Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid concerns including substance abuse. Assigned to the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), the incumbent provides direct clinical care including assessment, individual and group psychotherapy. The licensed incumbent will play an active role in the PCT's training programs through supervision and provision of didactics. A faculty appointment at Boston University commensurate with experience can be arranged. Some evening hours may be required. A full description of the position is available from Human Resources Management Service.

Functional Statements: 915570 (GS-11), 915580 (GS-12), 915590 (GS-13) Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm (some evenings may occasionally be required) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required NOTE: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position. NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. NOTE: May be assigned additional responsibilities in other locations as directed by Mental Health or Psychology Leadership. NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service. NOTE: Permanent appointment and salary in this position is subject to review by the Professional Standards Board that will review the selected candidate's education and experience. NOTE: 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. NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee. NOTE: All applicants must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). NOTE: Veterans' preference does not apply for current permanent Federal agency employees. NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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The staff psychologist will provide direct clinical care (including psychodiagnostic evaluations, individual and group psychotherapy, risk assessment, psychological screenings) and if licensed will be involved in clinical training (e.g., practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows). He/She will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely screening and documentation requirements, and will also participate in various service, committee, and departmental meetings. Typical duties and responsibilities include:

  1. Direct Service Provision to include

a. The psychologist provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services for veterans presenting to the PTSD Clinic. S/he conducts initial screening assessments of new referrals presenting to the PTSD Clinic and makes appropriate dispositions of all cases. b. The psychologist conducts comprehensive, multimodal evaluations of veterans presenting for assessment of posttraumatic stress disorders. c. The psychologist provides a range of therapeutic interventions (including individual and group therapy) with a focus on evidence-based therapies for PTSD.

  1. Consults with mental health staff and other medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.
  2. Completes administrative functions, including report and progress note writing, and attending staff and organizational meetings.
  3. Works in compliance with local and national performance measures.
  4. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by local and national guidelines.
  5. As requested, engages in VA Boston Mental Health and Psychology clinical service activities including but not limited to Urgent Care coverage, compensation and pension examinations, MH rapid response teams, and annual police evaluations.
  6. Upon credentialing, provides clinical supervision to psychology trainees.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

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: In accordance with 38U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. * Education: To qualify, candidates must possess one of the following (1) 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).


(2) A doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: the respecialization 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. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.


(3) Internships (a) 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 (b) 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 (c) 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 (d) 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.) * 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-12 grade level 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.

Preferred Experience: Experience with evidence-based approaches to the assessment and treatment of PTSD. Training and experience in the provision of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and/or Prolonged Exposure (PE) is preferred, as well as experience with structured diagnostic assessments such as CAPS and SCID. A scientist-practitioner training background, with experience integrating current research findings into clinical practice, is preferred. Competitive applicants will have received rigorous research training and will demonstrate a record of research activity such as prior scientific publications or presentations at professional conferences.

Quality of Experience: 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: Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

Grade Determinations: Requirements for the individual grade levels are as follows:

GS-11 (Graduate Psychologist) - none beyond the basic requirements of citizenship, English language proficiency, and education.

GS-12 (Developmental Level)- At least 1 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.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs for the GS-12 level. 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 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 (Full Performance Level) - At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs for the GS-13 level.

  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, Part II, Appendix G-18, 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-11 to GS-13.

Physical Requirements:The incumbent must be able to exercise a high degree of emotional and mental discipline at all times in order to continue to carry out duties effectively. This is especially necessary during time periods when the incumbent encounters significant or extreme duress as a result of interactions with patients.


IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application.

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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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, or CTAP documentation (for displaced VA employees).

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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/03/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

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VA Boston Healthcare System 940 Belmont Street Brockton, MA US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 04/03/2018

Salary: $67,643 to $125,335 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent