Davina began her career volunteering for the psychology department at HMP Holloway, where she also conducted research as part of her qualification in BSc Psychology. After completing her MSc in Forensic Psychology in 1998, she was employed with Cranstoun Drug Services as a drugs group-worker and CARATs worker based at HMP YOI Feltham and HMP Brixton respectively. She then gained a trainee psychologist position at HMP Brixton, achieving chartership with the British Psychological Society and eventually becoming Head of the Psychology Department.
Following a level transfer to HMP Wandsworth, in 2007 Davina gained chartered status as a Counselling Psychologist and left the UK to work as a Forensic Psychologist with HM Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS). As with her previous roles Davina continued to deliver offending behavior programmes, conduct assessments, provide training and manage staff. Additionally she was involved in setting up the first comprehensive sentence-planning scheme at HMCIPS. In 2013 she went to work for the Bermuda Department of Corrections, again providing psychological services across the entire estate with all categories of prisoner – male and female, adult and young offenders.
In her 4 year placement at the Bermuda Department of Corrections she conducted action research with the development and implementation of a restorative justice initiative, which gained her a Professional Doctorate from London Metropolitan University in 2016. During her career Davina has managed and delivered a number of offending behavior programmes such as the Rolling Sex Offender Treatment Programme, the Enhanced Thinking Skills Programme and Constructs and she has administered a number of assessments such as HCR-20, RSVP and IPDE. Davina is a registered practitioner psychologist with the HCPC.