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.
Neuropsychological functioning of children, adolescents, and young adults with complex neurodevelopmental and medical presentations including cancer, blood diseases, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.
Azusa Pacific University
Missouri Health Sciences Psychology
Consortium - Pediatric Neuropsychology Track
Sports Concussion Institute
Licensed Psychologist (CA)
American Psychological Association (APA; Divisions 40, 53, and 54)
National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
Children's Oncology Group (COG)
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.