Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist in Fort Knox, Kentucky

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Fort Knox, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Shively, KY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/8/2016 (16 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)1821160

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA 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 offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Functional Statement


This full-time position is located in the Geriatric and Extended Care Service of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. This position maybe located at the Louisville, KY VAMC, Shively, Ky Clinic or any of the other community based outpatient clinics (CBOC).

Services are provided in the Home-Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) and Medical Foster Home Program (MFH), Hospice and Palliative Care Program (HPC), and the Geriatric and Extended Care clinics. The VA HBPC program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease. In addition to primary care interventions, HBPC provides palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services. HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. The HPC program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary End-of-Life care services in our acute care facility. This includes inpatient Hospice care, and Palliative Care consultative services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Geriatrics and Extended Care clinics include Cognitive Evaluation clinic, Geriatric Primary Care, and Palliative Care Clinic.

This position consists of a psychologist who functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services. This individual will also provide coverage in other geriatrics and extended care settings. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • ** Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches.

  • ** Assessing and providing treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties,& excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication).

  • ** Providing psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems.

  • ** Providing services to the families of veterans with dementia being served by a program in GEC or being seen in other geriatric clinics, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment. For example, family members may be trained to better manage behavioral problems associated with dementia; such training may allow the HBPC team to reduce use of psychoactive medication as a means of controlling behavioral problems.

Physical Requirements: The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. Light Lifting (under 15 pounds); Light Carrying (Under 15 pounds); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted). The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • 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


  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • 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.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS: (1) GS-11 (a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. (b) 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. (2) GS-12 (a) 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: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional neuropsychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultatoin in areas related to professional neuropsychology. 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature. (c) Assignment. At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area. (3) GS-13 (a) 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. (b) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional neuropsychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional neuropsychology and behavioral health. 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature. 4. For supervisory assignments a. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives. b. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability. (d) Assignments. 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. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development. Staff Psychologists 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. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

Preferred Experience: Home Health experience.



VA Handbook 5005/87, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 6, 2016, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Applications submitted without this information may not be considered.

Original transcripts will not be returned.

* You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States at the time of application. If 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.*

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214 and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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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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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system):Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

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

Series & Grade: GS-0180-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452875000

Job Announcement Number: VHA-603-17-RY1821160-H-BU