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Job Title: Psychologist (Oncology Emphasis)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Houston, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Psychologist (Oncology Emphasis)

Integrating care for mental and physical health conditions will be the focus of treatment for veterans presenting to the Oncology Service. The Psychologist will apply knowledge of behavioral medicine and psychotherapeutic techniques in the assessment and treatment of patients with the goal of assisting patients to partner with the multidisciplinary team in working to diminish, eliminate, or better cope with chronic medical conditions, as well as stabilization of common psychological conditions. The Psychologist uses evidence based psychotherapies, relaxation techniques, stress management, and/or other discipline appropriate techniques. The Psychologist may also offer educational services to the family and caregivers of patients with whom they work to facilitate and generalize treatment gains.

The Psychologist assists with the development and implementation of MEDVAMC integrated care programs in oncology, including effective screening of psychosocial distress in cancer patients. In collaboration with other related specialists at the Houston Cancer Center and nine area Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's), the Psychologist will develop tele-mental health integrated behavioral health programming for rural veterans with cancer. The Psychologist will develop and implement procedures to measure patient satisfaction and will track and trend data related to integrated mental health service delivery and patient outcomes, including but limited to the efficacy of prescribed treatment modalities.

Consistent with the MEDVAMC mission as an Academic VA, the Psychologist also serves as a supervisor for psychology trainees at all levels and when appropriate as a mentor/supervisor for trainees/staff in other closely related health care disciplines.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (you may be required to work evenings or weekends)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

BASIC REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

Citizenship. Be a United States citizen (non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

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. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed

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: You must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship

OR

Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 & 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature

AND

Internship
(a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed & 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 & the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern

OR

(c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, 1-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)

OR

Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 & 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill the internship requirement by having the equivalent of a 1-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program

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-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. r?r 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that the 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

English Language Proficiency Psychologists must be proficient in spoken & written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j

GRADE REQUIREMENTS
Creditable Experience
Current Professional Psychology Practice. 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 (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 & training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision & administration

Quality of Experience. Experience is 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. A psychologist employed 20 hours per week would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service

Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. 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-11 Staff Psychologist (Entry Level)
Experience. None beyond the basic requirements

GS-12 Staff Psychologist (Developmental Level)
Experience. 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, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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 conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties)
5. 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 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level)
Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least 1 year equivalent to the GS-12 level

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

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-180, Veterans Health Administration

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The grade at which an applicant may be selected is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13

Physical Requirements: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical & mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental & physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory & other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies

None

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

  • VA Form 10-2850c (Application for Associated Health Occupations)
  • Resume
  • Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

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, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850c (Application for Associated Health Occupations)
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
BASIC REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

Citizenship. Be a United States citizen (non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

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. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed

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: You must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship

OR

Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 & 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature

AND

Internship
(a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed & 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 & the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern

OR

(c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, 1-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)

OR

Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 & 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill the internship requirement by having the equivalent of a 1-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program

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-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. r?r? 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that the 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

English Language Proficiency Psychologists must be proficient in spoken & written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j

GRADE REQUIREMENTS
Creditable Experience
Current Professional Psychology Practice. 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 (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 & training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision & administration

Quality of Experience. Experience is 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. A psychologist employed 20 hours per week would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service

Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. 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-11 Staff Psychologist (Entry Level)
Experience. None beyond the basic requirements

GS-12 Staff Psychologist (Developmental Level)
Experience. 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, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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 conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties)
5. 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 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level)
Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least 1 year equivalent to the GS-12 level

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

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-180, Veterans Health Administration

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The grade at which an applicant may be selected is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13

Physical Requirements: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical & mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental & physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory & other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies
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