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. 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. 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 respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization 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. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND (4) 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 (pre1979) 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.) OR (e) 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. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard.] 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. Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Psychologist Clinician Investigator, GS-13 (a) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply advanced 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 and fluency in scientific information discovery. 4. Knowledge of and ability to apply structured scientific paradigms to research involving existing protocols and established scientific methods, including knowledge of research design and analysis as applied to their area of expertise, that has resulted in recognition at the local and regional level and that is developing into national recognition (e.g., speaking at national conferences and/or publishing in nationally-distributed scientific journals). 5. Ability to perform essential research tasks of scholarship and research execution, including research participant relations and management, research documentation, data acquisition and maintenance, human subjects protection, budget oversight, supervision of project staff, and collaboration. 6. Ability to formulate results within a scientific framework and organize scientific reporting. 7. Knowledge of methods and ability to increase the basic research skills of others via research mentoring. Preferred Experience: Established track record of conducting mental health research, as indicated by at least one of the following: a) authorship on a peer-reviewed scientific publication; b) Role of Co-Investigator or higher on a research study protocol. References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Appendix G.18, Psychologist Qualification Standard GS-0180, dated February 7, 2018. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary but also demands standing, walking, bending, twisting, and carrying light items. ["The Psychologist Clinician Investigator will function as a credentialed psychologist and mental health researcher assigned to Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service's (MH&BS) Research and Program Development Section. This section carries out grant-funded scientific research into areas such as suicide prevention, mental health complications of Parkinson's disease, neurocognition in psychiatric disorders, and psychotherapies such as mindfulness-based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. The research studies conducted within this section are typically clinical trials or clinical observation studies. Given the nature of this work, the incumbent will possess the combined skillset of being a credentialed psychologist, along with having a demonstrated track record of productive mental health research. In addition to providing clinical services, the psychologist will also be responsible for initiating and/or contributing to funded-scientific research. Candidates who are established researchers will be supported in implementing research in their area of expertise. Mentoring is available for psychologists who are in an earlier phase of their research career development . Duties may include but are not limited to: Research duties:\nThe psychologist will conduct scientific research and generate new findings for improving the mental health of Veterans. Must possess the necessary training, experience, and/or demonstrated track record for formulating scientific studies, implementing the study, and analyzing and reporting the results at scientific meetings and peer-reviewed publications. This will include a combination of training and experience in research methodology, statistical or qualitative analysis, data management, scientific communication, or a similar set of skills necessary to carryout out a productive line of research. Maintains up-to-date knowledge on the scientific literature and current research priorities to formulate timely research questions that advance the field of mental health. Applies research methodology to design studies that effectively evaluate these research questions . Based on this knowledge of research methodology is also able to implement research studies, problem-solve difficulties that arise in implementation, and work with other staff towards that project implementation. Is skilled at scientific-communication for the purposes of scientific grant-writing, peer-reviewed journal manuscript preparation, and conference presentation. Possesses scientific analytic skills (qualitative, quantitative, or both) necessary to carryout a range of analyses appropriate to the scientific question. Clinical duties\nMust possess a thorough knowledge of and ability to effectively use diagnostic assessment, and individual and group psychotherapy. The psychologist is required to exercise judgment in the selection of and/or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating Veterans or in developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of specialized problems or clinical populations. The psychologist also incorporates strengths-based, Veteran-centered, recovery-oriented care practices. Exercises mastery of the theories, principles, concepts and methodologies of Clinical Psychology that is customarily acquired through education and training that meets the requirements for a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD) plus two years of post -doctoral experience. Provides psychological evaluation and treatment to Veterans with mental health conditions. Provides accepted short term treatment modalities (i.e. cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing) to Veterans. Contributes to the gathering of assessment information and development of detailed treatment plans for Veterans. Participates as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed. Serves as an advisor, consultant and/or resource person to the staff within the medical center. Maintains appropriate records and follow-up data on Veterans who are their responsibility. Serves as a member of the planning group for evaluating the effectiveness of mental health program and modifying it to better serve the needs of the Veterans. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: PD26552-F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPCoordinators@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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