The Compensation & Pension (C&P) Psychologist functions at the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including Compensation and Pension. This position is part of the Compensation and Pension Service Line. The Psychologist performs the required examination or provides the requested opinion necessary to make a decision on a veterans' claim for service-connected disability. Incumbent is required to perform a clinical interview and determine diagnoses based on current diagnostic criteria. Some examinations will require review of claims folder (in paper and/or electronic format) or the VA computerized patient record system (CPRS). Psychologist may also be requested to conduct competency evaluations and psychological testing. - The psychologist will perform the examination using established guidelines published by the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) and Office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA). These examinations are for use by the regional office for rating purposes only and there is no treatment involved. - All examination findings are to be entered, reviewed, completed and released in a timely manner in accordance with medical center policy. - Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and utilization of best practices. - Complies with national and local performance measures. In addition, the C&P Psychologist is accountable and responsible for possessing the knowledge and skills to: o Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with all internal and external customers. o Maintain confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient/employee information. o Demonstrate working practice that include adherence to practice standards and the safe use and operation of equipment. o Have knowledge of Windows 7, CPRS, VISTA, CAPRI, Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS), Virtual VA (VVA), and MS Office (Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) Work Schedule: Compressed/Flexible Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.