C. Arthur VanLear, Jr.


Ph.D., University of Utah, 1985


Arthur VanLear is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. His research interests include communication in interpersonal relationships, relationship formation and evolution, and marital and family communication, as well as communication and relationships as part of the alcoholism recovery process. He is also co-author of Dynamic Patterns in Communication Processes. Dr. VanLear serves as the coordinator of the department’s internship program.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 3200: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 4240: Marital and Family Communication
  • COMM 5003: Advanced Communication Research Methods (graduate level)
  • COMM 6001: Proseminar in Communication Research (graduate level)

Research Interests

  • Communication in relationship formation and evolution
  • Marital and Family Communication
  • Role of Communication in Addiction Recovery

Research Affiliations

UConn Interpersonal Interaction Laboratory

Select Publications

VanLear, C. A. (2009). Families, Definitions and Typologies. In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Yanovitzky, Itzik, & VanLear, C. Arthur (2008). Time series analysis: Traditional and contemporary approaches. In A. F. Hayes, M.D. Slater, & L. B. Snyder (Eds.) The SAGE sourcebook of advanced data analysis methods for communication research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

VanLear, C. Arthur, Koerner, Ascan F., & Allen, Donna M. (2006). Relationship Typologies. In D. Perlman & A. L. Vangelisti (Eds.), Handbook of Personal Relationships (pp. 91-110). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

VanLear, C. Arthur (2006). A life of sobriety: Communication and taking steps on a pathway toward emotional quality of life. In B. A. Le Poire & R. M. Dailey (Eds.), Applied research in interpersonal communication. New York: Peter Lang.

VanLear, C. Arthur, Sheehan, Megan, Withers, Lesley, & Walker, Robert (2005). AA Online: The enactment of supportive computer mediated communication. Western Journal of Communication, 69, 5-26.

Buck, Ross, & VanLear, C. Arthur (2002). “Verbal and nonverbal communication: distinguishing symbolic, spontaneous, and pseudo-spontaneous nonverbal behavior.” Journal of Communication, 52, 522-541.

VanLear, C. Arthur & Mabry, Edward (1999). Testing contrasting interaction models for discriminating between consensual and dissentient decision-making groups. Small Group Research, 30, 29-58.

Curriculum Vitae