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Maria Mejia CCRP, was born and raised in Santa Maria, and began her career as a Medical Assistant at the age of 19.  As a Medical Assistant, Maria worked in variety of medical specialties, including Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Oncology/Hematology.


Over the last 13 years Maria has been conducting research with TRIO/UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, ten of which have been at this Santa Maria site location.  Maria enjoys all aspects of coordinating trials and has participated in several key clinical trials that have received FDA approvals.  She takes great pride in her work and the abundant history of research participation at this site location over the last 20 years.  When not working, Maria enjoys spending time with her family and friends.








Maria Mejia, CCRP

UCLA Clinical Research Coordinator

Melinda Littlefield, CCRP



Melinda Littlefield, CCRP joined Mission Hope Cancer Center as a UCLA Research Study Coordinator in January 2018.  Melinda has over 5 years of experience in clinical research in the areas of Pediatric Oncology, Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Neurology, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Wound Care, and most recently Adult Oncology.

Melinda earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).  As a Research Study Coordinator, Melinda assists with patient enrollment onto clinical trials, coordination of study-related care, study protocol compliance, and patient safety.

Melinda was born and raised on the central coast and enjoys spending time with her family.  She has a strong interest in oncology research and is honored to be a part of this team and community.




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