Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Psychologist in Tacoma, Washington

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This position serves as a staff psychologist with specialty knowledge in Geropsychology and behavioral medicine/primary care for the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) in the Geriatrics & Extended Care Service Line of VA Puget Sound Health Care System. This psychologist will be a member of the HPBC program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of older adult (65 + years old) veterans with complex, chronic, and disabling medical conditions as well as palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services. HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk for recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. Outcomes expected of HBPC programs include effective management of chronic disease and reduction of inpatient days and total cost of care. HBPC teams include staff from medicine service, nursing, pharmacy, social work, rehabilitation, dietetics and psychology.

  • Assessment and diagnosis of a wide range of mental disorders, with emphasis on age-related health concerns, PTSD, depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.
  • Cognitive screening and triage of patients with dementia or other neurologic disorders.
  • Individual and family/couples psychotherapy (depending on the psychologist's scope of competence).
  • Behavioral medicine interventions, care coordination with other services including serving as liaison with specialty mental health programs.
  • Consultation to learn to the team on matters of diagnosis and psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Clinical program development (e.g., preparing treatment guidelines for modifying evidence-based therapies for home-bound older veterans).

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Learn more about this agency


Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions in older adults. Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment. Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation. Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for Veterans to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center. Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist. Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols. Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions. Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line. At the GS-13 level, Psychologists are fully licensed and function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Psychologists at this grade additionally assume independent professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Other clinical responsibilities: none.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Basic Requirements: - United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. - Education:(1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychologist Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychologist (CPA) at the time program was completed.The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.(Geropsychology, Behavioral Medicine, and/or Primary Care Psychology. AND (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program. - 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 appointment. - 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.

Grade Determinations: GS-11: Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12 (Developmental Level): Experience. At least one 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. 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 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 them, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration. GS-13 (Full Performance Level): 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations. 2. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations. 3. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18, VA Qualification Standard for Psychologist, GS-180. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:Applicant will be mentally and emotionally stable. Working closely with others.


IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online on-boarding process.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

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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 * Resume * DD-214 * Current License * Disability Rating Letter * SF-15 * Transcript

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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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/27/2018 to receive consideration.

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VA Puget Sound Recruitment




Seattle VA Medical Center 1660 South Columbian Way Seattle, WA US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 03/27/2018

Salary: $66,386 to $123,004 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent