Therapist Julie Hanks LCSW Ranked #1 Online Influencer By Sharechare


December 15, 2011

Salt Lake City – Therapist, Julie de Azevedo-Hanks LCSW, was named the number one online influencer making a difference for sufferers of depression by SharecareNow, an organization founded by Dr. Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, and Sony Pictures Television, among others.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for something that I love to do anyway and it shows how technology allows anyone to have a voice,” Hanks says. “To know that I am able to reach beyond my immediate community and make a difference for people with depression around the world is thrilling.”

According to Sharecare’s website, “Authors included in the ‘SharecareNow 10—Depression’ have demonstrated influence within depression conversations online. Influence is calculated through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 40 individual metrics, including disease-area relevance and online syndication, presence and reach. All metrics are based on a content produced over the past year across multiple online channels, including Twitter, blogs, forums, mainstream news and video.”

The influencers to make up the SharecareNow 10 – Depression list are:
Julie de Azevedo Hanks, MSW, LCSW, BCD, Julie Hanks
Natasha Tracy, Breaking Bipolar
Therese J. Borchard, World of Psychology
Chato B. Stewart, Mental Health Humor
Nancy Schimelpfening, – Depression
Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, Psychology Today
Marcia Purse, – Bipolar Disorder
Rick Nauert, PhD, Psych Central
Jack Smith, Coping With Depression
Michael Friendman, LMSW, The Huffington Post

“Depression is the most common diagnosis I see in my clinical practice,” Hanks says, “and winter months are a particularly difficult time for depression sufferers. My whole purpose in practicing therapy and reaching out online is to inspire people to take good cares of themselves, their emotional health, and their relationships.”

Hanks founded and serves as clinical director of Wasatch Family Therapy in Salt Lake City and specializes in counseling women and couples. She is a popular media contributor quoted nationally by Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Parenting, Cosmopolitan, LA Times, MSN, Social Work Today, and recently appeared on TLC & Discovery Health. She can also be seen as a regular contributor on KSL’s morning show “Studio 5,” and writes relationship articles for Latter-Day Woman Magazine,, and on her own website In addition to her private therapy practice, Hanks is an award-winning performing songwriter and has produced 10 CDs. Hanks and her husband Jeff have been married for 22 years, and are parents to four children.

Sharecare, launched in 2010 and based in Atlanta, GA, seeks to greatly simplify the search for high-quality healthcare information and answer the world’s questions of health. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International (NASDAQ: HSWI – News), Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the company provides a wide array of expert answers, ultimately creating a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.

For more information about the Top 10 list visit:
To watch a video about how the Top 10 Influencers were chosen visit:
To read Sharecare’s press release announcing the Top 10 List visit:
To find out more about Hanks and her contributions visit:

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