Maristela Zell, Ph.D., LCSW

  Professor Emeritus
  Office Location: G 114
  Office Hours: Tues., 1 - 4 p.m. and Thurs., 1 - 3 p.m.
  College: CHHS

Social Work



Maristela Zell, Ph.D., LCSW, is Professor of Social Work at Governors State University, where she teaches advanced and holistic social work, and mindfulness-based practice. She received a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois' Jane Addams College of Social Work in 2002. Maristela Zell is the developer and coordinator of the Holistic Social Work Practice concentration at Governors State University, and the co-developer of the Mindfulness in the Helping Professions Certificate program. Maristela's research scholarship has focused on the psychological, non-cognitive experiences of Latinas/os and African Americans in higher education, social work practice in child welfare settings, and globalization and social movements. 

Maristela has maintained a mindful, meditative practice for over 38 years, and has helped numerous individuals develop their own meditation practice. She is also a Reiki practitioner and a iRest Yoga Nidra Level II Teacher-in-Training. A psychotherapist with over 20 years of practice, Maristela also has extensive experience supervising students, caseworkers, and clinicians, conducting training, developing curricula, and providing consultation to public and private social service organizations.