Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist - Beaumont Outpatient Clinic in Beaumont, Texas

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

Opened Monday 8/29/2016 (57 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 3/1/2017 (127 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1779615

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. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. 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.

NOTE: Appointments to any hybrid title 38 occupations identified in 38 U.S.C § 7401(3) or approved for hybrid status by the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration, under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) or 7405, applicants must be referred in accordance with the provisions of 5 CFR 302.304(b)(5). Once all eligible and qualified applicants have been determined, Veterans who are eligible for preference will be given first consideration. These procedures do not apply to internal (e.g. merit promotion) selections.


This position is located at the Beaumont Community Based Outpatient Clinic of the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (MEDVAMC) and in coordination with the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) and General Mental Health Clinic (GMHC). This position serves as a fully qualified staff psychologist, specializing in gero-psychology, clinical health psychology, or other related subspecialties, at the Beaumont Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Integrating care for mental and physical health conditions in older adults will be the focus of treatment for veterans presenting themselves. Demonstrated experience working with older adults, especially those with comorbid medical or psychiatric diagnoses, is strongly preferred. In order to ensure that elderly Veterans receive clinical mental health care across the continuum of care, the incumbent clinical competencies will be reviewed by the Mental Health Care Line with clinical work primarily devoted to Veterans receiving care in the Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The incumbent will be required to provide telemental health and home based primary care duties when needed. The incumbent will be administratively supervised by the CBOC Clinic Director. The psychologist will work as member of an interdisciplinary mental health team comprised of geriatric psychiatrists, nursing staff, physician assistants, , pharmacists, and social workers and work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary clinical teams in the Beaumont Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

The Psychologist applies knowledge of behavioral medicine and psychotherapeutic techniques in the assessment and treatment of patients with the goal of assisting patients to partner with the interdisciplinary team in working to diminish, eliminate, or better cope with chronic medical conditions, as well as stabilization of common psychological conditions, especially those which impact the veteran's ability to maintain independence in the home environment. The Psychologist uses evidenced based psychotherapies, relaxation techniques, stress management, and/or other discipline appropriate techniques. In collaboration with other related specialists, the incumbent assists with the development and implementation of MEDVAMC integrated care program initiatives in the context of effective screening for psychological and cognitive disorders. In collaboration with other related specialists researches, develops and implements procedures to measure patient satisfaction. In collaboration with other related specialists, tracks and trends data related to clinical interventions and program improvement initiatives.

Clinical Responsibilities:

  1. At the GS 11 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:
  • Ability to diagnose mental disorders and conduct psychological assessments.

  • Ability to treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of comorbid medical disorders.

  • Practice is under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

  1. At the GS 12 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:
  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.

  • Performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological disorders.

  • Provides psychological assessments and individual and group psychotherapy for patients.

  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual and family psychotherapy, caregiver stress support and evidenced based treatments for psychological disorders.

  • If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.

  1. At the GS 13 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment for Staff Psychologists:
  • Provides a full range of psycho diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides direct patient contact including psychological assessment and treatment planning, individual psychotherapy/assessment sessions, family/caregiver stress therapy sessions.

  • Provides psychological assessments and individual and group psychotherapy for patients in the specified program.

  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual and family psychotherapy, caregiver stress support and evidence based treatments for a specified program diagnoses.

  • Provides supervision of trainees conducting direct clinical care.

  • May be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Alternate tour of duty may be required.

Functional Statement Title/#: Psychologist (BOPC)

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: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:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part
  • Education. Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. AND

Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (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 and (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.

  • 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. The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.

Types of Experience:

Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

  1. Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

  2. A full, current, and unrestricted license.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to 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. 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.

Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow may substitute for 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:

REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-12: Applicants must meet all of the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Applicants must demonstrate the following characteristics: 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.

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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13: Applicants must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, applicants must have at least one year additional experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Applicants must also demonstrate the following characteristics: 1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and neuropsychological assessment 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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Note: Regular supervision and oversight is required for a psychologist assuming this position at the GS-11 level. At the GS-12 level, involved supervision and oversight is still required, but at a less frequent and thorough level. The GS-13 level psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services, with full clinical privileges, and requires minimal supervision and oversight.

References: Clinical Psychologist, Functional Statement. 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:Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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: $59,246.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-11/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 447916200

Job Announcement Number: JP-16-SSmth-1779615-BU