Psychologist (Chief, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) Clinic)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Providence, RI

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 802327 (Please include on all documents)

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Our Medical Center is located in Providence, RI with outpatient clinics located in Middletown, RI, Hyannis and New Bedford, MA. We provide high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient care to veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Rhode Island, also known as The Ocean State, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting.

This Psychologist (Chief, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinic) position is located in Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service and is not a bargaining unit position.

One position to be announced across the Nursing, Psychologist, Physician, and Social Worker occupations.

**Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.**

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This is a permanent full-time position. The work schedule is: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • You must be a US citizen.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and random drug testing may be required.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

  • Provides oversight of day to day functions and leadership to the staff within the PTSD Clinic which includes the following: Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND), Women's PTSD programs.
  • Supervises, directs and coordinates the clinical staff and is responsible for providing the professional, administrative, and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of a large and complex section made up of multiple clinical programs.
  • Provides administrative leadership to plan, develop, implement and oversee clinical services and programs for patients that have a high degree of clinical complexity.
  • Develops and implements relevant policies and procedures for delivering PTSD treatment services.
  • Provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health care to patients with chronic and acute dysfunction.
  • Reports to the Chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Services or designee, but practices independently, exercising initiative and independent judgment in day-to-day activities.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: (from VHA Qualification Standards)

Basic Requirements:

Education: Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychologist Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


Successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided such programs were sanctioned by 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: Current, full 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 Proficiency: Providers appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d) and 7407(d).

Specialized Experience: One year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to a GS-13 level in the Federal Service. The experience must have been gained in a professional program concerned with psychological diagnosis, intervention and behavioral health related to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.

Successful grant seeking and manuscript publication will be looked upon favorably. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Reference: VA Qualifications Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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.

***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.***

Reference: VA Qualification Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.

  • Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • Selectee will be presented to a professional standards board to determine final grade and salary.
  • Subject to a one year probationary period.
  • Position does not confer competitive status.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see .)
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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) Additionally, veteran with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference." and required documentation with your application material.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

An incomplete application will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions.

BENEFITS: 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: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

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