Ursula Franco attended the University of Pisa, Italy, obtaining her degree in Medicine in 1991. She worked as a medical researcher at the Department of Neurophysiopathology for the University of Siena and Pisa, Italy. She also worked as medical researcher for the University at Buffalo, New York, USA. She also worked as MD for the Italian Ministry of Justice in the Penal colony of Gorgona Island, Livorno, Italy.
She then attended the University of Roma obtaining a Master in Crime Science. She is a certified Statement Analyst I. She has worked as criminology consultant in several murder cases. She focused her work on domestic murders, wrongful convictions and suicides mistaken for homicides.