Pediatric Neuropsychologist; Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Melissa Balderrama joined the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA after completing an APA-accredited pediatric neuropsychology internship at the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium and a two-year clinical neuropsychology fellowship at the Sports Concussion Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Her other training experiences include pediatric neuropsychology externships at CHOC Children's Hospital and City of Hope National Medical Center. Dr. Balderrama holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Clinical Interests

Neuropsychological functioning of children, adolescents, and young adults with complex neurodevelopmental and medical presentations including cancer, blood diseases, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.


Medical School: 

Azusa Pacific University


Missouri Health Sciences Psychology

Consortium - Pediatric Neuropsychology Track


Sports Concussion Institute



Licensed Psychologist (CA)

Professional Memberships: 

American Psychological Association (APA; Divisions 40, 53, and 54)
National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
Children's Oncology Group (COG)

Research Interests: 

Dr. Balderrama's research interests include the neuropsychological sequelae of cancer and cancer-related treatment, sickle cell disease, and epilepsy as well as the impact of bilingualism on neuropsychological functioning.

4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-4624Office
Fax: 323-361-7128Fax