Meet Virginia


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Virginia is a Licensed Private Investigator, Behavioral Analyst, Consultant, Certified Hostage Negotiator, Chaplain, and Author and has been working and studying in the field of violent crimes for over two decades. In her role as an investigator and profiler she has served the private sector as well as law enforcement and government officials both in the United States and abroad. Her primary areas of focus have been violent crimes investigations, behavioral profiling and analysis, cold cases, and wrongful convictions. She holds a Ph. D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. 


Virginia has an unquenchable thirst for the truth and is passionate about helping others find answers. This drive for truth extends beyond the world of investigations. As a survivor of multiple traumatic and violent events Virginia understands firsthand the brokenness that can result from that kind of pain.


Virginia is active in the community as a teacher, motivational coach, and lecturer helping people of all backgrounds find hope and healing for life's darkest moments. Drawing on her unique insights into human behavior, as well as her own personal experiences in navigating through significant trauma and loss, Virginia provides a road map for breaking free of the lies and shame that keep us from living our best life possible. For more information on speaking engagements, trainings, and other services offered, please click the "Services" tab!

Spring 2022 Interns

University of Louisville
Northern Kentucky University
Xavier University
Tiffin University




University of Louisville
Senior- Criminal Justice Major
Spanish Minor

As someone who is passionate about helping those who cannot help themselves within the criminal justice system, I am excited to pursue a career in criminology. Whether that be earning a law degree to provide legal aid to those affected by wrongful convictions/cold cases or earning my PhD to teach criminal justice, I hope this internship will guide me down the right path to pursuing my career's purpose. I am very excited to be contributing to making a difference on Dr.Braden’s team and look forward to learning more about the criminal justice system while working with her this semester.



Tiffin University
Senior- Graduate Student Forensic Psychology Major

I am an international graduate student. I completed my undergraduate degree with a B.S in Forensic Science and I am currently completing my M.S.C.J in Forensic Psychology. I am originally from the United Kingdom and have been studying in the United States for almost six years.

I do not have a specific career goal but rather I am in the process of figuring out what my interests are and what I can see myself working in. I have a love for science particularly biology. I am interested in working as a crime scene technician as this would allow me to be out in the field as opposed to in a lab all day.

 I am also interested in working as a case worker or victim’s advocate. I want a career where I get to interact with people daily and I love helping people. I am doing this internship purely because I enjoy investigations. I’m excited that I can contribute towards helping the individuals in these cases whether its wrongful convictions, missing persons or something else. The last year I have learnt that its okay to not have your life completely planned out but to find what you enjoy and pursue what you think is right for you at that time.

I would like to use my knowledge in psychology and criminology to be a strong criminal investigator. I ultimately want to work for the FBI in some type of criminal investigative unit. Before I apply to the FBI, I am hoping to work in the field of juvenile justice or use my background in psychology to aid me in working in a prison. I also plan to continue my education and pursue a masters in criminal justice or counseling.

I am entering this internship as a student with the desire to learn the investigative process and gain experience. Additionally, my passion for bringing voice back to the victims of crime is perfectly suited for the work I am doing during the Braden Investigations internship. Overall, my greatest priority is to use my unique life experiences to help those who need assistance. I aim to do this in the best way I can while being guided by someone with a tremendous amount of experience in the world of criminal investigation.


Xavier University
Senior- Psychology Major



My long term career goals are to attend Law School at UofL with hopes of working with wrongful convictions. I applied to the Braden Investigations internship with hopes to learn from Dr Braden and my fellow interns. Dr. Braden’s passion for what she does and her focus on wrongful convictions and cold cases really peaked my interest. I hope to come away from the internship with a greater knowledge of how all parts of the Criminal Justice system can work together more successfully. 

 University of Louisville
Senior- Criminal Justice Major


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University of Louisville

Senior- Criminal Justice Major

I chose this internship because of the unique opportunity provided to get my feet wet in the criminal justice system outside of traditional law enforcement positions. I'm very excited to get hands-on experience with investigative work and play a role in the pursuit of justice. In the future, I hope to either pursue a career in law, law enforcement, or academia focusing on Criminal Justice.



Xavier University

Freshman- Philosophy, Politics, and the Public and Criminal Justice Double Major

My greatest career goal is to become a head lawyer for the Innocence Project. 

I wanted to be a part of Dr. Braden’s team to fight for justice for the wrongfully convicted. Our criminal justice system is flawed. Thus, we need people willing to step up to fix these flaws. Through helping in investigations, I hope to change the lives of innocent men and women who have been wrongfully convicted.


University of Louisville

Senior- Criminal Justice Major


I chose Braden Investigations to do my internship with because I have always been

interested in investigation. I have a deep passion for getting families some sort of closure. The

intern at Braden Investigations could give me hands on experience, in something I would love

doing. My goal is to eventually become a homicide investigator or work as a crime scene analyst.  I want to be able to help make

a difference in solving cases, and helping families get justice for the ones they love. Getting this opportunity to me is like a dream come true.


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Northern Kentucky University

Sophomore- Criminal Justice Major

My career goal is to go to the police academy and work my way up to a detective. I joined this internship because I wanted to put myself out in the community and help make difference. I also wanted gain experience in investigative work.


University of Louisville

Senior- Criminal Justice Major

As I round out my final year, I plan on attending law school in the Fall of 2022 to eventually become a criminal prosecutor. My legal career aspirations led me to my internship with Braden Investigations as Dr. Braden embodies the movement needed to reform the current U.S. criminal justice system. When I look to the future, I want to be a prosecutor characterized by due diligence and fairness to prevent injustices, like wrongful convictions, from occurring. This experience will serve as a stepping stone to reach both my potential and career goals.  



University of Louisville

Senior- Criminal Justice Major

Psychology Minor

I chose Braden Investigations for my internship because I not only am interested in criminal investigation, but I also wanted to my work to provide answers to those who cannot speak for themselves. I have always had the desire and passion for helping others and when I found out about this opportunity with Braden Investigations, I knew it was my calling. I am extremely excited to work underneath Dr. Braden and restore justice throughout the nation. In the future I plan on utilizing all that I have learned at a national intelligence agency and potentially as an Intelligence Analyst with the FBI.




University of Louisville

Senior- Criminal Justice Major

Chemistry Minor

I applied for this internship to gain valuable experience and connections in the criminal justice world as well guide me to the field of work I wish to work in. In the future, I hope to find a career in forensics where I can better the practices of forensic investigation.

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