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Department of Veterans Affairs VA Connecticut Heal

Location: West HavenCT 06516 Document ID: AB433-4ACZ Posted on: 2017-11-0111/01/2017 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: Not Specified2017-12-01




Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans Health Administration


The Department of Veterans Affairs VA Connecticut Healthcare System is seeking candidates for a full-time staff psychologist position in our Primary Care Mental Health Integration clinic.  Candidates must have clear clinical expertise and experience delivering mental health and health-related behavioral change interventions within primary care settings. Candidates also must have a track record of training medical professionals, residents, and psychology pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows in behavioral medicine and the integration of mental health and primary care.



Clinical work for this position includes providing individual and group mental health and behavioral medicine brief interventions, as well as mental health crisis management interventions as required within the primary care setting. Clinical work occurs as part of interdisciplinary teams. Services provided by the successful candidate involve diagnosis, assessment, consultation, and psychological interventions that incorporate relevant evidence-based practices, including motivational interviewing, integrated primary care, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Common targeted problem areas include depression, bereavement, anxiety, PTSD, and substance misuse. Services also address smoking cessation, chronic pain, treatment adherence, and risk behaviors as part of disease prevention and chronic disease management (e.g., weight loss and management, tobacco use cessation, promoting patient self-management interventions targeting issues such as increasing participation in regular exercise, healthy eating, sleep hygiene). Psychologists have scheduled appointments with Veterans and also receive same-day referral of patients by warm handoffs from primary care providers.

In addition, the successful candidate will teach and supervise pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows who seek specialized training in clinical health psychology and integrated care within our American Psychological Association APA-accredited VA Connecticut Healthcare System Internship and Post-doctoral Residency Programs. The successful candidate also will teach medical providers and residents about mental health and behavioral medicine topics.

NOTE: VA Connecticut Healthcare System is affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine.  The successful candidate may seek an academic appointment in the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. 



Must have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychologyaccredited 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.

  • Must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship program that has been accredited by APA or CPA.

  • Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth or the United States (e.g. Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia.


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.

U.S. citizenship:  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified  citizens in accordance

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You must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to receive consideration.

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