Tampa VA Positions

The Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) of the James A. Haley (Tampa) VA Hospital is recruiting for several psychologist positions. The James A. Haley VA Hospital is a Level 1A medical center affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. The MH&BSS is a large, complex service consisting of the following components: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Program, Substance Use Disorders Programs, Inpatient Psychiatry, TBI/Polytrauma/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services Mental Health Services, Chronic Rehabilitation Pain Program, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Outpatient Psychology, Inpatient Psychology, Mental Health Clinic, Mental Health Primary Care Clinic, and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The Psychology Section of the MH&BSS has active APA-accredited predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs that promote the scientist-practitioner model.

Primary Care Mental Health Integration Psychologist  The PCMHI psychologist will be embedded within the Foxtrot clinic on the JAHVA main campus. Responsibilities will include assessment, individual and group interventions, and program development as a member of an integrated primary care interdisciplinary team. Expertise in behavioral medicine, diagnostic assessment, and brief interventions for depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders as well as willingness to see same-day walk-in and warm handoff cases is required. Consultation with the medical staff regarding psychological components of medical illness is also considered an essential element of the role, as is close collaboration with the PCMHI psychiatrist and RN care managers. It is expected that this individual will actively participate in our clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral residency programs.

Domiciliary Psychologist The Domiciliary (RRTP) is a 33-bed residential rehabilitation treatment program for Veterans who are homeless, at risk for becoming homeless, and interested in returning to independent living.  The majority of Veterans in the program have diagnosed substance use and mental health disorders.  Many residents also exhibit personality disorder traits that require intervention.  Treatment is provided by a multi-disciplinary team that includes staff from community agencies.  

The incumbent is expected to conduct short-term supportive therapy, case management, and psychological evaluations (e.g., MMPI-2-RF, RBANS).  This psychologist will also work within a multi-disciplinary team to screen Veterans referred to the program and to develop appropriate risk management plans when necessary.  It is expected that this psychologist participates in all Performance Improvement (PI) projects for the Community Programs section.  The position provides opportunities for independent research, intensive professional development (e.g., ABPP certification), and administrative experience.  Pending changes to the Domiciliary curriculum may allow the incumbent some flexibility in crafting the position.  

Lakeland CBOC Outpatient Psychologist Primary responsibilities will include consultation, assessment, and individual and group therapy. This is a generalist position which requires a breadth of experience assessing and treating the full gamut of mental health disorders. Training and experience in evidence-based therapies is strongly preferred. Caseload will include a significant percentage of veterans with PTSD.

Military Sexual Trauma Psychologist Primary responsibilities will include assessment, individual and group therapy, and program development as a MST specialist on our Women’s Health Center team. This position requires training in the field of evidence-based psychotherapies. Experience in areas such as trauma processing for PTSD (e.g. Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy) and other evidence-based therapies (e.g. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is preferred. It is expected that the incumbent will actively participate in our clinical psychology internship program.

Outpatient PTSD Psychologist The incumbent will serve on the Post Traumatic Stress Clinical Team as a Combat and Military Trauma Outpatient Specialist. Primary responsibilities will include assessment, individual and group therapy, and program development. This specialist position requires experience in the field of evidence-based interventions for trauma processing, and training in Prolonged Exposure and/or Cognitive Processing Therapy is preferred. It is expected that the incumbent will actively participate in our APA-accredited clinical psychology internship program. Experience serving as a mentor or supervisor in a formal pre- or post-doctoral psychology training program is preferred. 

Interested applicant should send a letter of interest and CV to Ronald.Gironda@va.gov