Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist in South Bend, Indiana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • South Bend, IN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820165

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?

VA Northern Indiana Health Care Systems, (VANIHCS), is larger than just a single facility. It is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a dual campuses in Fort Wayne and Marion and Community Based Outpatient Clinics, (CBOCs), in Goshen, South Bend, Peru and Muncie, Indiana and combined VA mission. The combined mission of the VANIHCS means military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at these facilities.

This position is located within the Mental Health Service and will be filled at the South Bend campus.

For additional information about VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Marion, Indiana please visit the following links:

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


The psychologist diagnoses mental disorders, conduct psychological assessments and consultations treat mental health and substance use disorders and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and various other interventions such as biofeedback, and environmental interventions. The psychologist consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues and may be involved in education and training, program evaluation and/or research activities. Collaboration may be required between the following entities in and out of the VA to include but not limited to Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Mental Health Clinic, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Compensation and Pension, other VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) and community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and their programs. Recovery based principles and practices will be learned and used whenever possible. Appropriate evidenced based treatment will be learned and used as appropriate.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#: Psychologist

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be required between CBOC's
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full, Unrestricted State Psychologist Licensure
  • Pre-employment Physical examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
  • Background and/or Security Investigation
  • English Language Proficiency


  • Citizenship:** Citizen of the United States. (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 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.

  • English Language Proficiency:** Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

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.


Creditable Experience: 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 work week. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week 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:


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. 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:

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated March 17, 2006. You may use the following generic citation VA Handbook 5005 at

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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

• Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. • Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position. • If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. For additional information regarding performance-based interviews please review the following website on the Internet: • REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. • 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: $84,443.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and permanet Federal Employees at other Agencies

Control Number: 452763600

Job Announcement Number: 610-17-AB-1820165-BU