Gargi Bandyopadhyay (Psychiatrist)

Dr Gargi Bandyopadhyay is a registered psychiatrist with more than two decades of experience in assessing and managing a wide variety of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions like anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis, ADHD, ASD etc. Gargi has been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Te Whatu Ora, Whanganui base hospital since 2013.  She also works for Te Awhina and Adult Mental Health Services after hours.  Gargi is the director of Hope Psychiatry Ltd, Whanganui, an ACC-registered psychiatrist for assessing and treating various mental health conditions.

Originally hailing from Calcutta, India, Gargi completed her medical degree at the University of Calcutta.  She later moved to the Republic of Ireland and completed her Psychiatry training there. She became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, completed a higher specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and obtained the Certificate of Specialist Doctor at the Irish College of Psychiatry. Gargi also did higher speciality training in the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities. She worked in Ireland for more than a decade in both community and inpatient settings and also worked in a tertiary neurodevelopmental clinic in Dublin, Ireland.  

Gargi completed MSc CBT for Children and Adolescents with first-class honours at the University College of Dublin and obtained a Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy at the University College of Dublin. Additionally, she obtained a Diploma in Health Services  Management with Distinction at the University of Commercial Management.

Gargi moved to New Zealand in 2010 and worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Waitemata DHB, Auckland for a brief period. She then decided to return to her home town and set up a private practice while working at various private hospitals in Calcutta.

Gargi returned to New Zealand in 2013 to work as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Whanganui DHB ( now Te Whatu Ora, Whanganui ) and since then she has made her home here.

She has become an Affiliate member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and an active participant in the Royal College, continuing professional development programmes to keep her practice and expertise up to date.

Gargi has been actively involved in teaching and supervising medical students and junior doctors for many years. Additionally, she is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago.

She has a special interest in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Gargi believes her patients are her best teachers. Her approach to psychiatry is holistic and focuses on the person as a whole.


MBBS, University  of Calcutta, India, 1995

Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK ( passed in 2005, was awarded in January 2006)

Certificate of Specialist Doctor, Irish  College of Psychiatrists, 2010

Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy ( Honours ), University College Dublin, 2008

MSc CBT, Children and Adolescents ( First Class Honours), 2010

Diploma in Health Services Management ( Distinction ), College of Commercial Management, London, 2010

Professional Affiliations

Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK

Member of the Irish College of Psychiatry

Affiliate of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists