Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist (Compensation and Pension) in Chillicothe, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Chillicothe, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1817194

Chillicothe, Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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.

*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.

Current VHA employees should apply under announcement: RW-17-CT-1817119-BU


This position is located at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center, providing Psychological Services in support of the Mental Health Care Line. The incumbent's primary duties are conducting compensation and pension evaluations for Veterans claiming disability due to mental health symptoms. The psychologist will conduct clinical interviews and interpret psychological testing in order to provide accurate diagnoses and assess level of impairment related to mental health conditions.

  • Duties include but are not limited too:
  • Performs psychological assessment, evaluation and treatment of patients with problems of personality, emotional adjustment or mental illness.
  • Through testing and clinical interviews and observation, assesses intelligence, behavior and personality variables.
  • Assists in differential diagnosis of functional and organic disorders.
  • Administers a wide variety of group and individual psychological tests. Uses a variety of intelligence and personality assessment measures.
  • Plans and conducts group and individual psychotherapy.
  • Provides advice to other staff professionals in an attempt to promote and preserve a therapeutic environment for individuals patients.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (Weekends and evenings may apply)

Functional Statement Title/#: Psychologist (Clinical Counseling)

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.
  • This is a bargaining unit position
  • Time in grade requirements apply.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

English Language Proficiency: Psychologist must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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 applicants is to be employed.


(2) 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;


(b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


(3) Internship: Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been 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.


(1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern.


(2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.


(3) 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 employed.

Licensure: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), 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 (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 license during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

* Creditable Experience:* 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 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.

Grade Determinations:

* GS-11*

Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.

Assignment:Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.


Experience: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

  2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

  3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

Assignment: Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area.

* GS-13* (Full Performance level):

Licensure: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Experience: At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques 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.

Assignment: This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/87 Part II Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

PLEASE 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 primarily sedentary, although may require extreme patience in controlling one's emotions. The work may require using appropriate technique to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled clients and may include lifting them.

Mental Requirements: The incumbent of this position will be expected to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions. Understand opposing points of view on highly complex issues and to negotiate and integrate different viewpoints. Organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology. Compose letters, outlines, memoranda, and basic reports and/or to orally communicate technical information. Communicate with individuals utilizing a telephone. Requires ability to hear and speak effectively on phone. Compose materials such as detailed reports, work-related manuals, publications of limited scope or impact, etc., and/or to make presentations outside the immediate work area. Compute, analyze, and interpret complex statistical data and/or to develop forecasts and computer models.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, offices and meeting rooms. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled. There may be occasional risk of physical harm that may require special precautions and training.

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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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.

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: $60,831.00 to $112,718.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-11/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453022700

Job Announcement Number: RW-17-CT-1817194-BU