Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST in Charleston, South Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Charleston, SC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/11/2016 (16 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1826098

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?

Become a part of the nation's largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system – the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration - joining the team at a premiere VA facility, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest level quality for more than 67,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The Ralph H. Johnson VA is rated is the fifth fastest growing VA in the U.S. for percentage patient growth. For three of four quarters in fiscal year 2015 the Charleston VA was rated a 5-Star medical center for quality and efficiency, the highest possible rating according to VA's Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value (SAIL) model . The Charleston VA is also ranked in the top 10th percentile according to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), an independent review that measures performance of 90 percent of America's health plans and facilities in both the public and private sector on dimensions of care and service. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a center of excellence for robotic surgery and orthopedics, and is a recognized leader in Tele-Mental Health providing care for Veterans throughout the Southeast. The 149 bed hospital includes six outpatient clinics, a 20 bed nursing home, women's health, and the full range of inpatient and outpatient care including Medical and Surgical Intensive Care. The VAMC provides more than 770,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The VAMC has an annual budget of $359 million and research funding of more than $20 million. For more information, visit

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.


The clinical neuropsychologist will serve as a professional staff member of the Mental Health Service for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He/she will conduct neuropsychological and psychological evaluations primarily of outpatients, particularly those with complex presentations. The neuropsychologist will provide consultation to professional staff concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. He/she will serve as a consultant to, or member of, interdisciplinary treatment teams and will provide education to patients and their family members. The neuropsychologist's primary clinical duties involve assessment, but the interested candidate may take advantage of opportunities to provide cognitive rehabilitation or other interventions. The neuropsychologist will function independently as a member of Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. He/she will be expected to employ a patient-centered, integrated care approach.


1. Completion of postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology.

* 2. Familiarity with evaluation of adult presentations of ADHD is strongly preferred.*

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST

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.


Citizenship - Be a citizen of the United States.

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. OR Have 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: A. the respecialization 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 respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.

Internships -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. ORVHA 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; ORVHA 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; ORApplicants 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 onlyif 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.

Physical* Requirements. *See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

*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.

GS-13* Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level)*

Assignment.This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. The incumbent will be assigned to Mental Health - Neuropsychology. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions. Psychologists consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities.

Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level.

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, 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

Reference- VA Handbook 5005/87 Part II Appendix G18, June 6, 2016


1. Completion of postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology.

2. Familiarity with evaluation of adult presentations of ADHD is strongly preferred.

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 is sedentary, however there may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

PLEASE NOTE: Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required. If you do not currently possess, you must achieve such before entering on duty.

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: $84,443.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453472500

Job Announcement Number: NZ-17-BAM-1826098-BU