Psychologist Clinician Investigator (Director, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Internal Number: 619855100
If you are a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11277198-22-ER. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until the position is filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be two weeks from opening date and then referrals will be made as applicants apply. 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 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR 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) . OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internships 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. OR 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: 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. Preferred Experience: Experience in Federally funded research, supervision/mentorship. Grade Determinations: Psychologist Clinician Investigator, GS-14 Experience. At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, appropriate scientific methods in the design and execution of basic and applied research. 2. Ability to coordinate work across multiple settings. 3. Ability to convey scientific concepts and methodological principles to individuals with diverse levels of technical expertise. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, walking (1 hour), kneeling (1 hour), repeated bending (1/2 hour), hearing (aids may be permitted), working closely with others with the possibility of exposure to communicable diseases. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services). ["The CeMHOR Director will lead strategic planning for the research center, conduct funded research, and supervise investigators from multiple disciplines and research staff, and lead strategic planning for the research center. The Director is responsible for planning and carrying out research projects and for overseeing the work of all CeMHOR investigators and staff. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: - Directing all research, education programs, training, translational activities and administrative oversight for funded and proposed programs of research at CeMHOR;\n- Initiating, obtaining funding for and conducting original research projects;\n- Providing consultation to other investigators' ongoing projects and research proposals;\n- Disseminating findings of this research by writing reports and peer-reviewed publications and presenting findings at professional meetings and in briefings to VA operational partners;\n- Reviewing and providing quality control for analyses, proposals, reports and papers of staff;\n- Serving on national committees and review panels, including VA study sections; and\n- Oversight of all budget, personnel, operations and reporting for CeMHOR. The CeMHOR Director is expected to maintain and promote fruitful research activities and collaborations with the CAVHS academic affiliate, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a firm academic base in the department in which they hold an academic appointment.\n- The CeMHOR Director provides mentoring to junior investigators and research fellows and other individuals interested in pursuing research as a long-term career. The CeMHOR Director mentors students at the academic affiliate, trainees in affiliated fellowship programs, and investigators in all aspects of health services research. The Director supervises all investigators and staff at CeMHOR.\n- The CeMHOR Director is responsible to both HSR&D leadership at VA Central Office and CAVHS leadership for communication, reporting, budget management, and personnel issues. The Director will engage with diverse stakeholders and audiences, including Veterans, investigators and staff members with diverse racial, rural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8am - 4:30pm.\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #: 000000/Pharmacist- Director, CeMHOR\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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