Passing of USF Student Jolene Spellman

I am saddened to inform you that Jolene Spellman, a student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, passed away unexpectedly in San Francisco on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Jolene was finishing her third year in the program and was finalizing her dissertation proposal. We know from her professors and mentors that Jolene demonstrated deep caring, compassion, dedication, and motivation during her time in the program. Her personal and professional contributions to others, to the program, to her practicum sites, and to the profession will be deeply missed.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Jolene’s father, Dr. Robert Spellman, at

During this difficult time, please remember that the university offers counseling and grief support services for students, faculty and staff.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to students if you would like to discuss how you are feeling with a professional therapist. Please call (415) 422-6352 during normal business hours to make an appointment.

Students can also contact ProtoCall, our after-hours support and consultation line. You can speak live to an on-call counselor by calling (415) 422-6352 and pressing option #2. Counselors are available from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. (PT) Monday through Friday and 24 hours a day on weekends.

University Ministry support services are available to all community members. They can be reached at or (415) 422-4463.

Faculty and staff can also contact CONCERN, the university’s employee assistance program, at (800) 344-4222.

Jolene’s family informs us that at this time, there are no plans for a memorial or other service.

We offer our deepest condolences to Jolene’s family, loved ones, and her colleagues in SONHP during this difficult time.

Donal Godfrey, S.J.
University Chaplain
Associate Director for Faculty and Staff Spirituality, University Ministry