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Job opening: Staff Psychologist (PCMHI)

Salary: $115 236 - 149 805 per year
Published at: Dec 07 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
*****A recruitment/relocation incentive may be offered to highly qualified candidate(s).***** The Staff Psychologist will be assigned to the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) continuum of care located in Gainesville, FL.


Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Provider Major Duties The following have been identified as essential elements of clinical duties for a CCC PCMHI Psychologist. The CCC PCMHI is expected to obtain and maintain mastery within the following domains of core competency developed by Robinson and Reiter (2007) Clinical Practice Skills: Applies principals of population based care as measured by monthly number of patient contacts, number of 30 minute appointments, number of encounters per patient, and range of interventions provided. On average, 75% of all appointments are brief in nature - meaning 30 minutes or less (will vary by setting, should range from 60-100%) Maintains daily open access slots by alternating scheduled with open appointments and/or full open access scheduling Next available "scheduled" appointment is within 20 days Interventions and documentation focus on functional assessment as reflected in brief, focused notes and number of contacts per patient Uses time-limited, evidence based, skills based interventions Uses self-management/home-based practice Uses brief assessments routinely (e.g., PHQ-9, GAD-7, PCL-5, AUDIT-C) Uses intermittent visit strategy and flexible patient contact strategies Triages appropriately and efficiently to specialty mental health services Provides behavioral medicine interventions via individual and/or group format, including but not limited to: stepped care level 2 tobacco cessation, alcohol misuse, weight management, coping with chronic illness, stress management, sleep hygiene, and other interventions will be provided as clinically appropriate, based on patient need Documentation Skills: Writes clear concise notes that follow the 5 A's Template and utilize the PCMHI Note Titles in CPRS. Completes relevant clinical reminders Completes CSSR-S and CSRE when applicable. Notes document curbside consultation results Notes are completed within 24 hours Consultation Skills: Establishes warm-hand off strategy with PCPs using Microsoft Teams Chat/Group. Utilizes tools to identify PCMHI matched patients (i.e., PACT Scrubbing Tool, New Patient identification) Works to improve same day access, as evidenced by increasing Same Day Access Metric - PCMHI7. Unofficial CIH target goal for PCMHI7 is 70%. Routinely provides feedback (verbal and/or written) to PCP and other PACT members same day as referral Routinely Consults with PCPs and other PACT team members about plan of care for patients Maintains at least 10% or higher on PACT21 - Percent of Primary Care Patients Engaged in PCMHI. Conducts effective curbside consultations Integrates within primary care team and works closely in collaboration with PACT team Attends PACT meetings and daily huddles Provides education to PACT on BH issues as well as consultation on tips for successful care management and patient facilitation, even when no direct patient contact. Continuing Education:



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. 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 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. 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) meeting both of the following conditions: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship 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.) 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. 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. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. Staff Psychologist GS-13 (Full Performance Level) Experience: At least two (2) years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one (1) year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. 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). Preferred Experience: Preferred experience with multiple evidence based therapies. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: The work requires patience and emotional regulation. The work may require using appropriate techniques to physically restrain patients who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled Veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects. Some of the work is performed in a setting away from the office, where the environment cannot be controlled.


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

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.


  • Address Malcom Randall Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 1601 Southwest Archer Road Gainesville, FL 32608 US
  • Name: Alexander Torelli
  • Phone: (561) 422-7553 X27553
  • Email: [email protected]