Rocio Beatriz Quinonez, DMD, MPH, MS

Associate Dean for Curriculum



MPH, Health Policy and Administration, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2002
MS, Pediatric Dentistry, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, 2000
DMD, University of Manitoba, 1996
BA, Psychology, University of Manitoba, 1992


Rocio Quinonez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She holds joint appointments in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. She has served as Predoctoral Program Director in Pediatric Dentistry (2007-2017). In 2018, she became the Associate Dean for Educational Leadership and Innovation at UNC and was tasked to lead a new dental curriculum for the Adams School of Dentistry. Her current role transitioned to Associate Dean for Curriculum to better reflect the implementation process of the new program of study. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and is the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Oral Health Service Award and the Charles Craig National Teaching Award.

Research Interests

Dental and interprofessional education, prenatal and early childhood oral health, public health, access to care

Availability to Mentor

Graduate student, junior faculty member