Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist (Clinician Investigator) in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Ann Arbor, MI
Work Schedule is Part Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 8/11/2016 (74 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1775304

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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.


Clinical Psychologist (0180) GS-14

Clinician Investigator, Mental Health Service

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS)

Exciting position for a Clinician Investigator at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS). The successful candidate has achieved significant professional recognition as an active independent investigator responsible for directing a program of funded research in the assessment and/or evidence-based treatment of psychiatric/behavioral disorders. The successful candidate has also demonstrated sustained capability to make scientific contributions that have a meaningful impact upon theory and practice in psychology/mental health. The implications of the candidate's work are system-wide and national/international in impact.

The impact is accomplished through most or all of the following:

  • Responsibility/capacity for attaining awards and administering funded (federal and other) research projects

  • Eligibility and attainment of a senior-level faculty appointment in the instructional (tenure) track at the affiliate,

  • Multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals of high professional standing as well as a sustained record of presentations at national/international scientific meetings,

  • Ability to attract and mentor trainees and staff in research, clinical investigation, and/or program evaluation;

  • Contributing to Program development, program evaluation and outcomes based research/activities in areas of expertise that are a service priority

  • Leading and conducting training in advanced clinical care and evidence based treatment,

  • Active involvement in peer review activities as a subject matter authority

Duties also include providing some direct clinical care/program development in area of expertise and assigned program; supervision of psychiatric trainees as well as; contributing to the academic mission of the service.

The VAAAHS Mental Health Service prides itself on clinical excellence, collegiality, teamwork, academic enrichment, and support of academic development by leveraging our strong program evaluation and research strengths for interested clinical faculty.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for this position.

Loan Repayment Program: The VA offers the possibility of loan repayment programs. This is contingent on: a. Eligibility of the candidate; b. Necessary approvals and; c. Availability of funds.

PART-TIME: This is a part-time position (52 hours/per biweekly pay period). The salary listed represents full-time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay-period. Likewise, benefits and time-off accrual will also be prorated and based on your part-time work schedule.

Tour of duty: Usually the VA tour for a full time position is Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may include evening hours and weekends based on clinical need.

Open and Continuous:

NOTE:This is an open and continuous job opportunity announcement. The first certificate can be issued a minimum of fifteen business days after the opening date. Certificates are issued on an unannounced periodic basis based on requests from management. Applications will be evaluated and referred for selection as vacancies occur within the organization. This announcement may close at any time once all positions are filled.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

*BASIC REQUIREMENTS. *To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

* a. Citizenship. *Be a citizen of the United States.

* b. Education*

(1) 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*

(2) 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.

NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.

* AND*

(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.


(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;


(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;


(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.)

c. 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.

d. Board Certification and Loss of Credential

(1) Board Certification. Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education.

(2) Loss of Credential. Once board certified, psychologist must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted board certification to remain qualified for employment. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required board certification must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists.

e. English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005.


* a. Creditable Experience*

* (1) Current Professional Psychology Practice.* 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.

(2)* 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.

(3) 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.

* (4) Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships.* 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.

* **Grade Determinations. *In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-14* Psychologist Clinician Investigator*

(a)* Experience.* At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level.

* (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. *In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, appropriate scientific methods in the design and execution of basic and applied research.

2. Ability to coordinate work across multiple settings.

3. Ability to convey scientific concepts and methodological principles to individuals with diverse levels of technical expertise.

References: VA Handbook 5005/87, Appendix G18 dated June 6, 2016. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements: The work of the psychologist is largely office based and in a sedentary setting. No manual labor is required above ordinary situations. Incumbent must be capable of using a computer given that all clinical charting is electronic.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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

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

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

Salary Range: $108,555.00 to $141,124.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-14/14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 447405100

Job Announcement Number: AD-16-JAM-1775304-BU