The Psychologist is located in the Spinal Cord Injury and
Disorders Center (SCI/D) at the VA NJ Health Care System. The SCI/D
Center is an acute care unit providing inpatient and outpatient
acute care, ventilator, and sub -acute rehabilitation services for
patients with spinal cord injuries/disorders (with and without
history of traumatic brain injury), patients diagnosed with
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and patients diagnosed with Amyotrophic
Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
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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. Learn more
The Psychologist for this position will be part of an
interdisciplinary team. The psychologist possesses foundational
knowledge in areas of rehabilitation psychology and behavioral
medicine, as well as evidence-based assessment and intervention
modalities in more traditional mental health.
He/she will provide services including psychological
consultation and evaluations, cognitive screens, psychotherapy, and
psychoeducation (in group and individual form). This includes
delivering evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions to
improve the physical, psychological and behavioral functioning of
the patients and caregivers.
Duties include the provision of direct psychological patient
care, consultation services, education of staff, and trainee
supervision. These services are generally provided on the inpatient
unit, outpatient clinic, VVC video to home or VA spoke site, and
Telephone but may occasionally include outpatient setting at VA
CBOC or Veteran's home.
The Psychologist is required to have advanced knowledge of
psychological diagnoses, intervention, behavioral health, and
rehabilitation that qualifies him/her to provide both care to
patients and consultation to professionals representing a variety
The interdisciplinary team includes physicians, nurse
practitioners, nurses/nursing case managers, occupational
therapists, physical therapists, social workers,
neuro/psychologists, and other health professionals.
The psychologist may collaborate on research projects initiated
by other investigators and/or may initiate independent research
Licensed psychologists obtain clinical privileges to practice
general psychological procedures expected of all psychologists.
They may be also granted specialty area clinical privileges to
include (but not be limited to) Health Psychology and/or
Unlicensed Psychologist' practice under the supervision of a
licensed psychologist with clinical privileges covered by a Scope
of Practice document.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
- Clinical Psychologists
- Psychologists, All Other
- Psychologists, Clinical
- Psychologists, Social
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is
not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- English Language Proficiency: Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II,
Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed
under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a
direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in
written and spoken English.
- (1) 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
- (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in
addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program
(including documentation of an approved internship completed as
part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the
- (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
- 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.
- (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a
regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily
psychological in nature.
- (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 (pre-1979) are
considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship
- (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.] c.
- 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
- (1) 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. 7405 [(c)(2)(B)] for a period not to exceed
two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a
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
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).
GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level):
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) Knowledge Skills and Abilities: In addition to the experience
above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological
treatments to the full range of patient populations.
- Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in
areas related to professional psychology and behavioral
- Knowledge of clinical research literature.
References: VA handbook 5005 Part II appendix G18.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is at
the GS-13 grade level.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
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