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. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Preferred Qualifications: Completion of a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology Eligibility for certification by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology 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. English Language Proficiency Requirement - 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. Education Requirement - You must have a 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, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship Requirement - You must 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, 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, 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 requirement; OR, 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). NOTE: 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. Licensure: Candidates must 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. 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. Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-11 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic requirement GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 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. GS-13 Level: at least 2 additional years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a full range of patient populations. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. 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). References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard GS-0180 2018. 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-11 to GS-13. Physical Requirements: All candidates must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Candidates must meet the physical requirements outlined in Section II and Section VI of the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions and must possess emotional and mental stability ["A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive has been approved for this position and may be offered to a highly qualified candidate. The Mental Health Staff Neuropsychologist position is in the Outpatient Mental Health Service at the Brockton, West Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week. The Mental Health Staff Neuropsychologist position is in the Outpatient Mental Health Service at the Brockton, West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System. The psychologist will provide direct clinical care (including neuropsychological evaluations and psychodiagnostic evaluations) and engage in training of pre-doctoral practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows and medical fellows within Neurology and Geriatrics. The psychologist will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely screening and documentation requirements, will participate in Service and departmental meetings, and participate in research, and program evaluation. Clinical Responsibilities Provides a full range of neuropsychological assessment services including clinical interviewing, neuropsychological assessment and psychometric assessment for veterans referred to the Neuropsychology Consult Service as well as the Geriatric Medicine Service. Performs evaluations for adult veterans with a variety of neurological and psychological disorders including dementia, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy/seizure, attention deficit, stroke, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, and personality disorders. Provides clinical supervision to psychological practicum students, predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows and medical residents in the Neurology and Geriatric Medicine services. Consults with mental health staff and other medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Completes administrative functions, including report and progress note writing, and attending staff and organizational meetings. Works in compliance with local and national performance measures. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by local and national guidelines. Academic/Teaching/Training May hold a faculty appointment at Boston University School of Medicine or Harvard Medical School. Provides multidisciplinary supervision as needed. Participates in didactic teaching relevant to neuropsychology Research Design and implement research projects in collaboration with Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory, TRACTS, and other VA organizations with a commitment to clinical research (e.g., Center for Organizational Leadership and Management Research). Presents outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS The psychologist is directly responsible to the Director, Neuropsychology Services at VA Boston Healthcare System. The psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services (clinical care, consultation, and education). The psychologist consults with peers, their first line supervisor and the Chief Psychologist as needed. The Chief Psychologist acts as the approving official for the psychologist, to ensure adherence to professional standards of the practice of psychology as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for training psychology interns. Other May serve on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, as requested. Actively participates in local, state, and/or national professional organizations, assuming leadership roles, as appropriate Preferred Experience: Eligible for Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Compressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized Telework: Ad Hoc Telework may be approved. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 523-F06252 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Maybe authorized for highly qualified applicant Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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